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Local History / Genealogy > 2007

  • A POSTCARD FROM THE PAST - (32 KB - MS Word)
    Recently, there was offered for sale on E-bay, the computer based auction site, a postcard which the seller described as...
  • MAITLAND PART 1 - (27 KB - MS Word}
    Early in 1852, William Maitland from Pitmachie near Old Rayne offered £15 per annum for the lease of the merchant's shop and post office at Mains of Kemnay...
  • MAITLAND Part 2 - (27 KB - MS Word)
    Another condition in the lease mentioned in last month's article, which was to have considerable implications in the future was...
  • Time Pieces in Perspective – People who make the Village Go - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Anyone entering the village of Kemnay from the east cannot fail to notice the impressive building housing Kirkstyle Garage and announcing itself as 'Independent Land Rover Specialists', but many pass the building on the opposite side...
  • ST OLAF/ HALCYON - (27 KB - MS Word)
    Some weeks ago three ladies appeared in the village hall one Monday morning and were intrigued by the show of vintage pictures on the wall.  It transpired that the two older ladies had been evacuated to the village during the war...
  • TIMES PAST - (26 KB - MS Word)
    The tinsel has long ago been taken down and packed away for another year and the season of pantomime is well and truly over.  Let me share with you a reading from one of the churches in the area over the Christmas season...
  • FRANCIS FARQUHARSON OF MONALTRIE – 'BARON BAN' - (26 KB - MS Word)
    Following last month's article on the wells at Pannanich near Ballater, a newsletter reader who was born and spent his formative years in that area tells us a little more about the laird – Francis Farquharson...

  • ALBYN PLACE - (26 KB - MS Word)
    George Fraser was described as a pointsman at Kemnay Railway Station when he received a building lease for a piece of land described as 'that piece of ground at Kemnay Village lying on the south side of the Commutation Road...
  • BIRCHFIELD - (27 KB - MS Word)
    One of the few sites on James Henderson's suggested village plan of 1860, which remained as he suggested, was the one at the top of the village between Grove Road and High Street...
  • TAPPIES/CASSIE - (27 KB - MS Word)
    The Cassie family farmed for many years at Tappies, beyond Craigearn, having been recorded there as early as 1824 when William Cassie and his wife Elspet Lawie had a daughter Ann baptised...
  • TIME NO LONGER STANDS STILL - (26 KB - MS Word)
    For nigh on seven years the hands of the clock in the spire at the church centre have remained motionless – in fact a number of folk were beginning to wonder if they would ever move again.  Since the eighth of August the hands have now been telling the time although the hourly strikes are still silent - there is yet hope...
  • More snippets from Kemnay House - (27 KB - MS Word)
    If you think this summer has been bad, cast your thoughts back to that of '82.  By that I mean the summer of 1782.  Janet Dyce, second wife of George Burnett of Kemnay kept a diary for most of the second half of the eighteenth century which was published in 1994 under the title of 'More Frost and Snow'  Though not written on a daily basis, it records the weather in detail as also the happenings on the estate...
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